Isaiah 22 Commentary

Isaiah 22 Commentary

Save for the New Testament, the vision or visions of this chapter are an impossibility. They seem to combine images from different movies to explain one point: the LORD’s servant, presented as Eliakim, will have the key to the house of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

The New Testament reader knows only the LORD Jesus Christ fits this description. But then we see this same peg cut down and the confusion increases. If this peg is anything close to the son or the branch of earlier chapters, aren’t we looking at an everlasting government of righteousness?

Of course, that would be the trouble of looking at multiple images and trying to figure out what it all means. And flying into the future and back into the present at the same time doesn’t make for a good ride. Regardless, we can look at a couple key lines.

Men and women take on loose talk and loose living. It all means nothing because and regardless, we shall all die. The LORD detests it and the warning is strong. Be serious and weep in repentance! But alas, there is joy and revelry. Aren’t we looking at our own attitude towards the warnings of scripture?

Therefore, the LORD decrees zero forgiveness. Sad. We can look back at all this with a heavy heart and sink into the brokenness of the spirit within. We can repent. We can have a new page! We can also take the warning that a time comes when the loving key shuts the door that no man is permitted to open.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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